UPDATE: Second body found 1.5 miles from car submerged on Laurel Creek Road in Wood County

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/13/2018, 6:05 P.M.

A second body was found at 11 a.m. Saturday, one and a half miles from where the jeep was pulled out of the creek at Laurel Creek Road Friday.

56 year old Robert Smith Jr. is thought to have been driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, when it went into high water and was swept into the creek. Wood County Sheriff, Steve Stephens, says Smith is the father of 18 year old Topanga Smith, found inside the car.

Lead investigator, Deputy Zac Walker, says the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department dive team assisted the Sheriff's Office in the recovery of Robert's body.

UPDATE: 1/12/2018, 5:10 P.M.

Eighteen year old Topanga Smith is identified as the female deceased in the car submerged on Laurel Creek Road Friday.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens says they received a call at 6:30 Friday morning about a 1999 Jeep Cherokee sitting in high waters near Laurel Creek Road and Old St. Marys Pike. He says it took officers over 40 minutes to get to the area where they found no evidence of the vehicle. He says road conditions were too dangerous for crews to investigate further.

He says shortly after 11 a.m. they received another 911 call, and found the vehicle submerged in the creek upon arrival.

UPDATE: 1/12/2018, 3:56 P.M.

An incident command team is searching the creek for a second person thought to be in the vehicle that sunk in floodwaters.

Wood County Sheriff, Steve Stephens, says they received the call after 11 a.m. Friday morning.

He says it appears that the vehicle was driving on the road, went through high water and was swept into the creek. There was no damage on the vehicle to show signs of a crash.

Laurel Creek Road is open for one lane traffic at this time.

UPDATE: 1/12/2018, 1:12 P.M.

Wood County Sheriff's detectives confirm one adult female was found dead in a car that sunk in floodwaters on Laurel Creek Road in Wood County.

Wood County Sheriff's deputies say the car sunk Thursday afternoon on Laurel Creek Road, located east of I-77, off of Old St. Marys Pike, in Wood County.

We have a reporter on-scene and will have the latest details on this story on WTAP News at 5, 6 and 11, and we'll continue updating this story at TheNewsCenter.tv, as we get new information.

Meanwhile, in Washington County, Sheriff Larry Mincks says the following roads are flooded, as of 12:30 P.M. on Friday:

State Route 618 at Drag Strip Road
Bender Road - 1 mile off State Route 7
Stanleyville Narrows at Nichols Road
Oxbow Road at St. Andrews Blvd.
Dunbarger Road at State Route 821
Veto Road – near mile marker 14
Main St. in Macksburg
Hills Bridge Road – 200 Block
State Route 16 between Marietta city limits and State Route 260
State Route 145 between Lower Salem and State Route 145
State Route 821 between Lower Salem and State Route 530
State Route 26 – near mile marker 7


ORIGINAL STORY: 1/12/18, 9:15 A.M.

Nearly two inches of rain that soaked the Mid-Ohio Valley overnight is causing flooding problems across the region.

The Wood County 911 center reports crews have responded to the area of Walker and Oak Grove roads. High water is also being reported along 36th Street in Parkersburg in the Worthington Creek area.

The high water is also affecting residents of Washington County. One resident who lives on Oxbow Road says firefighters had to pull a car out of the creek this morning.

There's no word on whether anyone might have been injured in that incident.

Elsewhere, the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office in Marietta reports several roads were closed across Washington County as of 9 a.m.

They include: Route 26 between Marietta and the junction with Route 260; Route 145 between Lower Salem and the Noble County line; Route 821 between Interstate 77 and Lower Salem; and Route 821 between Lower Salem and the junction with Route 530.

WTAP meteorologist Thomas Battle says readings at the Wood County airport indicate the area received 1.7 inches of rain overnight.

The National Weather Service in Charleston West Virginia has issued a
flood warning until 12:30 p.m. for areas in northern Wood County. Areas included in the warning are Parkersburg, Marietta, Belpre, Vienna, Williamstown, Boaz, Lubeck, Washington, North Hills, Waverly and Blennerhassett.

We will continue to update this story online and on WTAP @ Noon.



 
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